Steven’s Trail is usually one of the first hikes of the year. When the northern Sierra Nevada is still snowed in, it is a quick hop over the border into a warmer Californian climate. The trail follows along the river and eventually grants water access after several miles. The ridge is mostly tree less which leaves it exposed and unshaded. This hike is perfect early on in the year to escape the Sierra snow and beat the harsh summer sun later in the year which makes it too hot for me.
It’s a great wildflower hike and a way to spot some first color. Further you can admire a cascading waterfall about 1 mile from the trailhead and views of the railroad tracks built by Chinese laborers.